New Phthalate Regulations for Toys and Childcare Articles in Denmark

Denmark’s Ministry of the
Environment and Food has published an order restricting phthalates to no more
than 0.05% in toys and childcare articles, as used by children aged 0-3 years.

Order No.
947 of 20/06/2020
covers toys and childcare articles that fall under the
following definitions:

  • Toys – designed and intended
    exclusively or in part to be used by children 0-3 years (0-36 months) during
  • Childcare articles – intended
    or normally expected to be placed in the mouth by children aged 0-3 years (0-36
    months), including soothers, jewelry and bathing equipment etc.

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It applies to phthalates that
are esters of o-phthalic acid.

Exemptions to this order
include phthalates and products that fall under the following:

  • Phthalates regulated under
    Executive Order on Safety Requirements for Annex II of Toy Products on Special
    Safety Requirements (Order No. 309 of 03/04/2017)
  • Phthalates under entries 51
    and 52 to Annex XVII of REACH
  • Food contact articles for
    young children

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Denmark previously published
Order No. 855 of 05/09/2009 that restricted phthalates to no more than 0.5% in
toys and childcare articles for children aged 0-3 but did not cover six
phthalates that were regulated under Community legislation. These phthalates

  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Bis-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
  • Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
  • Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP)
  • Di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP)

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The European Union (EU) then
published Regulation (EU) 2018/2005 to replace entry 51 to Annex XVII of
Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 ‘Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and
Restriction of Chemicals (Annex XVII of REACH). This contained provisions
relating, inter alia, to restrictions on BBP, DBP, DEHP and diisobutyl
phthalate (DIBP) in toys and childcare
articles. Toys and childcare articles must now comply with these requirements
(since July 7, 2020).

Order No. 947 of 20/06/2020 became
effective on July 1, 2020 and Order No. 855 of 05/09/2009 has been repealed.

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